Big Bear, CA

Big Bear is a beloved mountain market with even bigger potential as growing demand meets an expanding booking season.


California’s Big Bear Lake area is a four-season vacation rental destination nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains, 7,000 feet above sea level. This popular haven for outdoor enthusiasts is a two-hour drive from Los Angeles and San Diego through some of the state’s most beautiful scenery. Home to the pristine Big Bear Lake, this area has an endless tourist season, with vacation rental guests lining up to pursue everything from hiking, boating, and angling to skiing at Snow Summit Mountain and Bear Mountain Resort when the snow starts falling.

Insider tip

If you’re looking at neighborhoods in the Big Bear area, be sure to buy close to the slopes or lake. The Boulder Bay and Moonridge areas have some great properties. Be sure to do your homework on any permitting required for your investment; it can take up to six weeks to get a permit in Big Bear City and Sugarloaf squared away.

Learn more and compare Big Bear with other top markets in our insider's guide to the best places to buy a vacation rental.

Market size

2,500+ rental units

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*This document is for information and illustrative purposes only. It is not intended to provide “investment advice” or a “recommendation” regarding a course of action. The discussion is general in nature and has not taken into account your personal financial position or objectives. You should consult a licensed financial advisor or other professional to discuss your specific situation.

Estimated rental income figures and home sale prices are based on historical averages; for any specific property, the actual revenue, purchase price, and cap rate may differ materially from estimated amounts and depend on a wide range of factors outside Vacasa's knowledge or control, such as the property's condition, layout, and furnishings; expenses associated with the acquisition and ownership of the property (such as property taxes, utility fees, HOA fees, insurance fees, and mortgage-related expenses); rental calendar availability; existing and future regulations; current and future economic, social, and political trends and conditions; and weather and environmental factors. These estimates do not take into account the potential impact of state income taxes.

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